Disaster waits to happen for these three


Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Oliver Platt might be making a date with "2012."

The actors are in discussions to join Columbia's epic disaster project, which Roland Emmerich is directing.

"2012" centers on a global cataclysm and tells the heroic struggle of the survivors.

Glover, repped by ICM and Jeff Monroe Management, is in talks to play the president. Newton, repped by WMA and Magnolia Entertainment, is in discussions to play his daughter. Platt, repped by Endeavor, is in negotiations to play the president's chief of staff.

John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor already are on board.

Emmerich is directing a script he penned with his "10,000 BC" co-writer Harald Kloser. He is serving as an executive producer with Michael Wimmer and Ute Emmerich.

Kloser is producing with Mark Gordon and Larry Franco. Columbia's Matt Tolmach and Rachel O'Connor are overseeing for the studio.

"2012" was shopped around with a $200 million budget, but Columbia said it will be made for less than that. A July 10, 2009, release is planned, with filming set to begin in July unless there is an actors strike. (partialdiff)